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The Night Dragon

Written by Naomi Howarth

Illustrated by Naomi Howarth

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The Night Dragon Review

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August 2018 Book of the Month

A kind little dragon learns that she can bring beauty and joy into the world simply by finding the bravery to be herself in this beautiful picture book. Shy and timid, Maud shares a cave with a bunch of noisy, bullying night dragons, but doesn’t dare fly out in the evening like they do to bring the night.  Until one day she finds she has to, and everything changes.  Flying out on her gorgeous multi-coloured wings Maud fills the whole sky with brilliant hues of purple, gold and crimson.  The story of Maud and her little companion Mouse will inspire children who will love this story of friendship and courage, and Naomi Howarth’s watercolour illustrations are simply breathtaking. 

Andrea Reece

The Night Dragon Synopsis

A beautiful picture book about individuality and friendship from Naomi Howarth, whose first book The Crow's Tale was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

I wish I could fly, and breathe fire, and fill the sky with great grey, sooty clouds, Maud said to her friend, Mouse.

Maud is picked on by the other dragons, so stays cooped up in her cave, sad and lonely. But when the chance comes, will her friend Mouse help her pluck up the courage to fly?

The Night Dragon Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Edith and Ceci, Age 5 and 2.5 - 'We loved this story about having courage to be yourself. Lovely illustrations too. Fun spotting Mouse!'
  • Abidah and Amatullah Khatun, Age 2 and 8 - 'The jewel-like dragons and artwork are breathtakingly beautiful. This book is sure to be a firm favourite in our house.'
  • Abbie Collings, Age 6 - 'A stunning picture book about Maud the night dragon. She can't breathe fire or grey sooty clouds but together with her friend Mouse she can create something beautiful just by being herself.'
  • Jack Radford, Age 6 - 'I felt really sad because Maude couldn’t fly with the others or make black smoke. But l love the book because it has an excellent ending. It taught me to never be afraid.'

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ISBN: 9781786031037
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786031037
Publication date: 2nd August 2018
Author: Naomi Howarth
Illustrator: Naomi Howarth
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Naomi Howarth

Naomi Howarth was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied Costume for Performance at the London College of Fashion, where she graduated with a First in 2010. She worked in the film industry for eighteen months before deciding to pursue a career in illustration. Naomi’s illustrations combine lithography with watercolour, and she has a strong interest in myth, legend and folklore. Naomi's books tell timeless and meaningful tales that engage young readers to think about the inspiring wonder of the natural world. In 2014 Naomi won a place on the inaugural Picture Hooks mentoring scheme and was mentored ...

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